Guardians Most Focused on One Valuable Player in Trade Market

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Cleveland Guardians are most focused on one valuable player in the trade market.
The Cleveland Guardians are most focused on one valuable player in the trade market. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Cleveland Guardians were easily the best surprise of the 2022 MLB season. With a cast of All-Star Jose Ramirez surrounded by relatively unproven talent with the likes of Steven Kwan and Andres Gimenez, Cleveland went on to win the AL Central with 92 wins and push the New York Yankees to Game 5 in the ALDS.

The surprising success indicates Cleveland has a roster ready to compete, although the offseason is a perfect time to make tweaks and help them make a deeper run next October. That's exactly the thought process of Cleveland's front office, who is focused on one valuable player in the trade market.

MLB insider Jon Morosi reported the Guardians are "among the most active suitors" for Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy. Murphy is still under team control and arbitration for the next three seasons but keeps moderatley raising his price tag after a Gold Glove in 2021 and career offensive year in 2022.

Morosi also indicates Murphy could be traded by the end of the Winter Meetings, which runs from Dec. 4-7 in San Diego, CA. Murphy finished with the third-best offensive rating (FanGraphs) metric amongst eligible catchers. He posted a .250/.332/.426 slash line with 18 home runs.

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